New Limits on Non-Compete Agreements

January 16, 2020

Effective January 1, 2010, Washington state enacted stricter laws regarding the use and enforcement of non-competition agreements.  These restrictions are a significant victory for employees.  RCW 49.62 et seq., includes new provisions rendering non-competes void and unenforceable in various circumstances.  For instance, a non-compete is void and unenforceable if the…

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November 18, 2019

In-house attorneys in Washington are now expressly permitted to file lawsuits for wrongful discharge against former clients.  This right is limited in scope. Any such lawsuit can only be filed “without violence of the integrity of the attorney-client relationship.”  See, Karstetter v. King Cty. Corr. Guild, 193 Wn.2d 672, 682…

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Judgment in Hostile Work Environment Case

October 23, 2019

On August 30, 2019, Dethlefs Sparwasser Reich Dickerson, in conjunction with Dobson Hicks, obtained a $125,000 judgment against a regional service and wholesale company.  This judgment resulted from allegations that a female employee was subjected to sexual harassment because of her sex, and then retaliated against by her colleagues and…

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$475,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment and Disparate Treatment Case

October 16, 2019

Attorneys Mark K. Davis and Aubrie Hicks secured a settlement on behalf of their client, a federal agent, against the United States Department of Homeland Security.  The lawsuit was filed in December 2018 and alleged the federal government treated female agents less favorably in the terms and conditions of their…

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